Andy Glockner dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss his new book, Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion. The book explores player development, research and analysis, and the manner in which teams transform role players into necessary parts of championship teams.
“You know how this works: (it’s all about) trends,” Glockner said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “Five years ago, everybody wants Miami. ‘I need a Big Three.’ Well, no, you don’t really need a Big Three. You need the three guys that they had, which are in the top eight in the NBA. Mimicking stuff doesn’t really work, but you can have sound approaches.”
Like the approach the Warriors (55-6) are taking in Golden State.
“You’re not going to find another Steph Curry at No. 7 in the draft in the next 20 years,” Glockner said. “It just doesn’t happen that way. But what you can do is take some of what they try to do or look at the way they built their roster or look at what is benefiting them in terms of athletes of all the same size who can switch screens, who can pick up guys in transition that are not theirs. You can take concepts of that.”
Golden State, which some called “lucky” last postseason, has been the most dominant team in the league this season. But can the Warriors repeat? That is the million-dollar question.
“You have to have some luck and obviously they used that for bulletin-board fodder for this season,” Glockner said. “People pointed out that every opponent that they played had their point guard injured. It happens. That’s the way it is after 82 games. But they were also the best team last season. Let’s not overlook that. And they’re the best team this season even though statistically San Antonio is right there with them and in terms of scoring margin is a little but ahead of where Golden State is. But personally, I don’t think San Antonio matches up well with this Golden State team. For all of what they have to offer – Gregg Popovich and their legacy of success there – I think Golden State is a very troublesome matchup for San Antonio.”
Glockner doesn’t see Cleveland (44-18) faring all that well against Golden State, either. In fact, the team that could give Golden State the biggest run for its money is Oklahoma City (43-20).
“But they might not get there because they have to potentially get past the Spurs or even the first-round series,” Glockner said. “So yes, I think Golden State will repeat this year. I think they’e the best team in the NBA and I think most stats bear that out.”